A new “Karen” surfaced in New Jersey on Monday and was caught on video spewing racist comments at a black woman.
New Jersey resident, Tameka Bordeaux says she was on her way to a store when a woman started following her and calling her the “n-word.”
“Call the cops, n—-r!” the woman yells as she’s walking toward Bordeaux. “Call the cops you black bitch!”
The white woman later identified as Claudia Emanuele, 60, was arrested and charged with bias intimidation and harassment, according to the report.
“The racism I had to endure walking to the store,” Bordeaux wrote alongside the Facebook video captioned “2021 started with a bang.”
Bordeaux, 40, said the incident happened on Monday at 3 p.m. when she was “walking to the store” and observed the woman talking to a mail carrier regarding the late delivery of mail.
As Bordeaux approached Emanuele to offer “neighborly advice,” she immediately began shouting racial and sexist slurs at her, causing her to walk away feeling traumatized.
“She proceeded to follow me from 17th Street all the way to 21st Street and 7/11, calling me every n-word in the book,” said Bordeaux.
“This is sad,” Bordeaux says behind the camera.
Emmanuel, who reportedly moved from Tennessee to Bayonne in September last year, was arrested after the video went viral online, according to the report.
State Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, who represents Hudson County, had demanded an investigation on Monday night after watching the video.
“I watched the social media live video posted by Tameka Bordeaux of her being racially harassed as she walked down a street in complete outrage and disgust,” Knight said in a statement. “The white woman shown in the video trailed her and hurled the worst racial epithets imaginable to a Black woman who was calmly walking down a Bayonne street on the way to a store. This behavior is becoming so common now that we simply refer to these racist people as ‘Karen’ and let it go.”
“I put myself in Tameka’s shoes and I know it had to take a lot of restraint for her to endure what she went through today,” said McKnight, claiming that Bayonne has a history of racist behavior. “I thank her for being the strong Black woman that she is to remain calm and reserved during the entire ordeal. This matter needs to be investigated for sure but regardless of the outcome of the investigation, one thing for certain is that Tameka was incredibly wronged today.”
Bordeaux thanked McKnight in a post, saying she encouraged Bordeaux “to stand strong despite it all.”
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Similar incident happened in June after a viral video emerged showing the moment another “Karen” was slapped across the face for telling a Native American woman to “go back to Mexico.” Watch the video here